LOCKPORT – The Lockport Family YMCA has reached 76 percent of its $10 million fund-raising goal for a new facility, Executive Director Mark W. Abiez said Tuesday as the YMCA prepared for a Wednesday visit by State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda.
Ortt is to visit both the existing YMCA, 19 East Ave., and the planned site of its replacement building on Snyder Drive in the Town of Lockport. The cost estimate is $14 million, with the YMCA intending to supply $4 million from its own reserves. The $7.6 million already pledged is the closest the drive has come to succeeding in the nine years since the project was announced.
Albiez said a successful fund drive for the project remains a condition of the Lockport YMCA’s planned merger next year with the YMCA Buffalo Niagara. There’s no firm deadline, but Albiez said, “We’re hoping to have it done by January.”
If that happens, construction could begin next fall, and the new building would be open 12 to 16 months after that, Albiez said. The purpose of Ortt’s visit is to introduce him to the project, Albiez said, adding, “Hopefully, he’ll be able to help us.”